NAPAPANAHON na bigyan ng pamahalaan ng ‘vaccine passes’ ang mga fully vaccinated people o yaong mga taong nakatanggap na ng dalawang dose ng COVID-19 vaccine, anuman ang edad ng mga ito.
Ito ang inihayag kahapon ni Atty. Romulo Macalintal na isang Senior Citizens’ Rights Advocate, kasunod ng puspusan nang COVID-19 vaccination na isinasagawa ng pamahalaan.
Ayon kay Macalintal, dapat nang tumalima ang Department of Health (DOH) sa panawagan ni Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion na payagan ang mga kostumer na ‘fully vaccinated’ na laban sa COVID-19, na makapasok sa mga indoor premises, anuman ang edad ng mga ito, base sa common sense at practical considerations.
“DOH objection against Concepcion’s proposal and similar suggestions of various groups and private persons, like me, is so childish, if not so unreasonable. DoH said that there is no assurance that those fully vaccinated will no longer get sick and transmit Covid-19 to other people. Such argument instills fear among those unvaccinated persons who would entertain the idea that there is nothing to gain from being vaccinated, instead of encouraging them to get vaccinated by citing the benefits received by those who had already been fully vaccinated,” aniya pa, sa isang pahayag.
“Common sense and practical considerations would tell us that there is more protection against the virus to a fully vaccinated person than to one who has not even received the first dose. For instance, which has more protection: a group of 100 unvaccinated 18-65 years old persons in an indoor restaurant or a group of 100 persons, regardless of age, who are all fully vaccinated? Or a group of 100 persons in an indoor restaurant composed of 50 unvaccinated persons and 50 fully vaccinated persons?” dagdag pa niya.
Sinabi pa ng abogado na sigurado namang ang mga indoor restaurant na may mga fully vaccinated persons at yaong may 50% vaccinated at 50% na unvaccinated people ay higit na may proteksiyon sa kanilang kostumer laban sa virus, kumpara sa isang may mga hindi bakunadong kliyente lamang.
Ipinaliwanag ni Macalintal na sa pagpapaluwag ng regulasyon, hindi dapat mangamba ang DOH na biglaang dadagsa ang mga fully vaccinated people sa indoor premises dahil limitado pa rin naman ang mga taong pinapayagan sa loob ng isang establisimyento.
Ang hinihiling lamang naman aniya nila ay maglaan ng ilang porsiyento ng lugar, na para lamang sa mga fully vaccinated persons, anuman ang edad ng mga ito.
“In easing the regulation, the DOH need not fear of a sudden rush of fully vaccinated people to enter indoor premises because the number of people allowed indoor shall still be observed. All we are asking is that a certain percentage of those allowed in an area, be allotted to fully vaccinated persons, regardless of age. Example: If in al fresco 50% seating capacity is allowed, at least 20% should be allowed for fully vaccinated people while 30% given to unvaccinated persons,” paliwanag pa niya.
Giit pa ni Macalintal, napapanahon nang kilalanin ang kahalagahan ng pagiging bakunado upang mahikayat ang mga taong nagdadalawang-isip pa, na magpabakuna na rin.
“It is about time that we recognize the importance of being vaccinated to encourage those reluctant to get vaccinated to trust and have confidence on the government’s vaccination program. As I said, instead of encouraging these reluctant people, DoH is instilling fear in them because of DoH statement that those fully vaccinated have still the risk of being infected with Covid-19 virus, as if saying, there is nothing to get at all from being vaccinated,” aniya pa.
Tinukoy pa ni Macalintal na sa ibang bansa ang mga fully vaccinated people ay binibigyan na ng special access sa hotels, restaurants, casinos, at iba pang mga lugar libangan.
There is no reason why the same could not be applied to fully vaccinated people in our country, regardless of age,” dagdag pa ni Macalintal. Ana Rosario Hernandez